• ACS is seeking a slew of volunteers for its annual cancer study

The American Cancer Society is giving Charleston residents the chance to participate in life-saving cancer research. The ACS is looking for 200 volunteers in the greater Charleston area for the Third National Cancer Prevention Study. Registration will continue through Feb. 1. Appointments can be made at www.cps3charleston.com for testing locations in Moncks Corner, downtown, James Island, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley.

The 30 minute appointment will consist of a survey, waist measurement, and blood test. All personal information will remain confidential. Applicants should be between the ages of 30 to 65, and never have had cancer. The study will follow your habits with surveys every two to three years to study the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that lead to cancer.

The last time a study like this was conducted was 30 years ago, and it was responsible for discovering the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. “This is a true gift to humanity. This is the only study of its kind that our generation will have, and who knows what we can discover 30 years later, using modern medical science.” said ACS Community Director Paige Crone. “I lost my father four years ago to cancer, and I know there are things we can do to make cancer a chronic disease, not a fatal killer.”

The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, and has contributed more than 3.5 billion dollars to cancer research. For more information, visit cancer.org/cps3 and cps3charleston.com.